David Bernstein calls for 2018 World Cup boycott

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Former FA Chief David Bernstein is leading calls for major football national to boycott the World Cup in 2018. It comes after FIFA was accused of misconstruing a report into allegations of corruptions levelled against both Qatar and Russia during their bids to host the next two World Cups.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert' published a report last week based on investigator Michael Garcia's findings, however the American, who spent two years compiling the investigation, claimed Eckert's findings based on his work contained "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations".


Bernstein said: "If I was at the FA now, I would do everything I could to encourage other nations within Uefa - and there are some who would definitely be on side, others may be not - to take this line. At some stage, you have to walk the walk, stop talking and do something."

Djokovic handed walkover win

Novak Djokovic has conceded that it was ‘awkward to win the ATP Tour World Final in London, after Roger Federer was forced to pull out of the showdown through injury.

Instead of seeing the world number one and two go head to head, Andy Murray returned to play an exhibition set against Djokovic to appease the crowd. The British number one then played a doubles match with John McEnroe, Pat Cash and Tim Henman.

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Djokovic said of his win: "You cannot blame Roger. I'm sure he would play the World Tour finals if he could. This is probably the first time in history that this happens. It's a very awkward situation to talk about, to be honest.

"You never like to win, especially these big matches against big rivals, with the retirement, but that's the way it is."

Hamilton ready to take second title

Lewis Hamilton says he is fired up ahead of his driver's Championship showdown with team-mate Nico Rosberg this weekend. Hamilton takes a 17 point lead into the final race in Abu Dhabi, however double points are on offer for the first time ever, and the Mercedes driver says he won’t let the chance slip through his fingers.

"People talk about how long it's been since I won the title - but I honestly feel like I'm fighting for my first World Championship all over again,” Hamilton insisted.

“Sure, I'm older and maybe a little bit wiser than I was back then. I've learnt a lot in the years since 2008 - but I'm still the same driver. I still have the same hunger, the same will to win, and I've been giving it everything I've got from the word go this season. I've had ups and downs along the way - but I've never once given up.

England looking to bounce back

And finally England Rugby Union boss Stuart Lancaster says his team will bounce back from defeat against South Africa over the weekend when they take on Samoa on Saturday.

"When you've got a team which has still got some development to do, we'll not panic, lose our nerve, or deviate from the course we're on," Lancaster said. "We've never said we're the finished article. When we took the roles we knew we had to take a young group of players through some tough environments."

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